|Alma Mater:||Saint Michael's '05|
Saint Michael's alumna Kate Talbot '05 heads into her eighth season as an assistant coach with the women's ice hockey program in 2019-20.
The Purple and Gold started 3-3 in 2018-19 en route to its highest win total in 11 seasons, including a 5-2 victory over eventual New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) Tournament runner-up Franklin Pierce University. Saint Michael's tied Division I Sacred Heart University, 1-1, in mid-January before downing Post University, 5-1, in the opening round of the NEWHA Tournament, advancing to a semifinal against eventual champion Saint Anselm College. The Purple Knights set a school record for longest shutout streak during the season while tying a mark for shutouts.
The 2017-18 Purple Knights opened the year with back-to-back wins, while their biggest victory of the year was a 1-0 upset of Division I Sacred Heart University on Jan. 12. In the opening round of the NEWHA Tournament, Saint Michael's knotted the game with three minutes to go before falling at Franklin Pierce University, 2-1. The Purple and Gold suffered seven losses by two goals or less, playing 20 of their 27 games in the new NCAA Division I/II NEWHA.
Saint Michael's put together a 3-1 run toward the end of January in 2017-18 that included scoring the final five goals in a 5-2 win over Castleton University and breaking out for a six-goal third period during an 8-2 victory against Nichols College. Between Jan. 20 and Feb. 17, the Purple Knights went 4-5 while averaging 3.1 goals, with two losses coming by 3-2 margins. In all, 10 setbacks during the season were by two goals or fewer.
A 3-2-1 stretch toward the end of the 2015-16 season began with the Purple Knights' school-record-tying third shutout of the year and concluded with the fifth-seeded Purple and Gold's 5-2 upset victory over No. 4 Sacred Heart University, a Division I institution, in the first round of the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Open Tournament. That triumph was the first win-and-advance postseason victory in program annals. Saint Michael's recorded its highest goal (45), assist (62) and point (107) totals in five years, and its best win figure in eight winters.
The Purple Knights counted among their highlights in 2014-15 a 1-1 tie with Division I College of the Holy Cross and a 3-2 victory over eventual Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East Tournament runner-up Castleton University. Donovan's charges set a school record for goals-against average (2.95), matched the second-lowest save percentage in program annals, and recorded their highest win, goal, assist and point totals since 2010-11. The Purple Knights matched their best ECAC East win total since 2007-08. Nine of their setbacks came by two goals or fewer.
During the winter of 2013-14, Saint Michael's yielded two goals or fewer on 10 occasions, while 11 losses came by two goals or less. During the campaign, the Purple and Gold picked up its first win ever over New England College en route to its best ECAC East finish in three years. The season ended with the Purple Knights tying Sacred Heart University during the ECAC Open Tournament third-place game.
In 2012-13, Saint Michael's turned in one of its best defensive seasons, yielding three goals or fewer 15 times en route to posting a school record for save percentage (.917) and a then-school-record 3.41 GAA. Capping the success was a momentous 2-1 victory on Feb. 16 over Manhattanville College, which was receiving national votes and had defeated national power Norwich University the night before.
In her 89-game career, Talbot posted 23 points as a forward and defenseman while missing only five games. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Saint Michael's in 2005.